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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

(p.773) 71 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Denis P. Cronin

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the psychodynamic approach to treating the emotional problems of older adults. Although clinical social work remains deeply influenced by Freud's early dismissal of older adults as inappropriate for a traditional psychodynamic approach, a passionate case is made for the importance of the richness of this time in the life-cycle for gaining deep insight and working through emotional issues. The significance of an older adult's struggle with conflicts over death, the therapeutic nature of transference based on age-related issues, and the unique challenges to the therapist in this process, are discussed.

Keywords:   psychodynamic treatment, psychotherapy, emotional problems, elderly, social work practice

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